Well this Sat-Sun the wind was a bit too gusty to go for a HG flight so I went down to the Greater Houston Soaring Association in Wallis, Tx. to go for a glider ride.
The last time I went up in a glider was back in the 80’s when I was probably 4 or 5 years old with my dad. When I was a kid both my mom and dad flew sailplanes at TSA and Aerocountry. So it was kinda neat getting back in one and this time I was able to fly for a while!
The L23 Super Blanik
that we flew in must have been 40 years old! This thing was a beast! I felt like I was going to be flying over enemy lines with this thing! It was kinda clunky and the leading edges were gritty. But, I was still stoked to climb in and get a tow and look for some lift. With the way the wind was gusting I got an extra high tow up to 4000′ and the clear blue sky didn’t offer much until we flew back over the runway. The audio for the vario didn’t work, so I had one eye on the variometer and the other out the window. I held the stick lightly and was able to circle up in some 400fpm up and climb 500′. I didn’t know what to do with the rudder pedals and so I left them alone, I could sense Dean in the back seat correcting my rudder for me. Anyways, I circled in the thermal but I had trouble keeping my nose steady, I was porpoising around. In the Hang Glider having a stall is not that big of a deal, I assumed that a stall in this beast was probably a different story. So Dean let me know when my nose was too high…I had my eyes on the speed, vario and altimeter all at the same time. I would remind myself to look up every now and then.
Over all I had a lot of fun! It brought back a lot of memories when I was a youngster running around the old gliderport.
Also, I’m thinking of starting a pledge drive to keep this blog going. I need about 50 dollars a year to maintain this page. I figure if you watch a video that should be a $1.00 donation…does that sound like too much?